Job offer: postdoc as biologist/ecologist/mycologist

We’re happy to announce a new job offer in the Brazilian-German Amazon Tall Tower Observatory (ATTO) project. The open position is for a postdoc or post master position in the field of biology/ecology/mycology. The position is for 1 year with a potential for extension in the case of renewed funding. The candidate should start as soon as possible.

Project description

We are offering a postdoc position on cryptogamic communities and their role in bioaerosol and trace gas cycling in the Amazonian rainforest. The scientist will be based at INPA, Manaus and interact with national and international groups involved in the ATTO project.

With unique facilities, centered around the 325-meter tower and two 80m towers about 150 km northeast of Manaus, ATTO provides an unprecedented platform to study the role of Amazon tropical forests in Earth system processes and climate. The towers are equipped with instruments to measure greenhouse gases and their isotopes, reactive trace gases, aerosols and clouds, as well as micrometeorological data to study forest energy and carbon balance. Additional projects investigate the processes that give rise to observed forest-atmosphere exchanges. Research within the ATTO project is divided into four major themes: 1. Regional greenhouse gas balance; 2. Physical climate: Energy, water, and winds; 3. Aerosols, clouds, and atmospheric processes; 4. Processes regulating land-air exchange. ATTO offers the opportunity to work in a unique, highly international scientific environment and offers the ability to interact with a range of interdisciplinary and international scientists.


Postdocs interested in the position must have a PhD in biology/atmospheric chemistry or related topics and a background in biology.

Knowledge on tropical fungi or cryptogamic communities would be advantageous.

We are looking for a candidate who is prepared to work in a self-contained manner but is also a good and reliable team worker. Comprehension of English is necessary, Portuguese is desirable.

Application procedure

To apply to this job offer, please send applications with a letter of interest, CV and certificates to Bettina Weber at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz ( This is also the contact for potential questions. The position will be open until filled.